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Peter Segal's planned Shazam movie no longer fits into the Warner Bros DC Cinematic Universe

Dec. 26, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Shazam! Just like that, long in development plans for a big screen take on DC comics hero Captain Marvel/Shazam are gone. Director Peter Segal, whose latest film GRUDGE MATCH is now playing, had been attached to bring a movie version of the kid turned superhero to life and now it appears that those plans are cancelled. Speaking to Coming Soon, Segal explained what happened to his kid-friendly take on the comic titled BILLY BATSON AND THE LEGEND OF SHAZAM!

Well, it wasn't. I was working with Geoff Johns. At its core, it's a lot like Superman. There's this boy trapped inside of a superhero's body. He's still a boy inside, so there's this opportunity to play a lot of humor with the action. Originally, Stan Lee brought me "Fantastic Four" a number of years for that very reason. I always have the question when people bring me superhero properties, "Why me?" With Stan, he said, "It's because there's a sense of humor within all Marvel characters." These characters are flawed and, within those flaws, there is humor. When Toby Emmerich came to me with Shazam, it was because of those same reasons. To draw from that humor and to mix it with great action and pathos. I've always loved Shazam, but I don't know if it's going to see the light of day anytime soon.

Shazam is very similar to Superman at a general level, but the idea of a kid becoming a hero and joining forces with Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the DC heroes is ripe for a big screen incarnation. It would require some adjustments since you cannot call your hero Captain Marvel in this day and age. But, to say that he doesn't fit in with the new emerging DC Cinematic Universe is not true. I think he may be lower on the totem pole than Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, and others, but Shazam is still a worthwhile character to develop.

Source: Coming Soon

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1:07PM on 12/28/2013

Boy who turns into a grown man as a superhero??

I remember this premise that hero was called Banana Man. Goofy fun not to be taken seriously and the tone DC are going with wouldn't work.
I remember this premise that hero was called Banana Man. Goofy fun not to be taken seriously and the tone DC are going with wouldn't work.
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5:30AM on 12/27/2013
You know that's one aspect of the character I never caught on to. Maybe because I only watched the TV show, when it actually first aired! But honestly if he acted like a child or had child like tendencies as Shazam it would turn me off. I never thought of it as a boy turning into a grown up with powers, more of a boy who could call down Shazam and then he just rode along or went someplace else.
You know that's one aspect of the character I never caught on to. Maybe because I only watched the TV show, when it actually first aired! But honestly if he acted like a child or had child like tendencies as Shazam it would turn me off. I never thought of it as a boy turning into a grown up with powers, more of a boy who could call down Shazam and then he just rode along or went someplace else.
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9:37PM on 12/26/2013
Don't rush, DC. I really like Man of Steel and I'm sure Batman/Superman movie will turn out nice. Then, a future Superman solo movie could introduce Shazam to the audiences.
Don't rush, DC. I really like Man of Steel and I'm sure Batman/Superman movie will turn out nice. Then, a future Superman solo movie could introduce Shazam to the audiences.
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7:46PM on 12/26/2013
I recommend checking out the DC animated showcase short film Superman and Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam. It squeezes Superman in Captain Marvel's origin story but it's handled very well, and Arnold Vosloo makes a great Black Adam.
I recommend checking out the DC animated showcase short film Superman and Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam. It squeezes Superman in Captain Marvel's origin story but it's handled very well, and Arnold Vosloo makes a great Black Adam.
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5:05PM on 12/26/2013

Shazam is a great opportunity for a film....

Forget the humor (although I do see the potential), it's a great story. From him being recruited by the wizard to his inevitable loss to a bad guy due to his naivety to him finding a way to overcome.....there are so many ways to make that a great story (maybe one that skews a bit younger, but certainly not a "kids movie").

I'd keep him away from the rest of the superheroes, however. He suffers by being placed next to Superman. He should have his own film one day....it's certainly better
Forget the humor (although I do see the potential), it's a great story. From him being recruited by the wizard to his inevitable loss to a bad guy due to his naivety to him finding a way to overcome.....there are so many ways to make that a great story (maybe one that skews a bit younger, but certainly not a "kids movie").

I'd keep him away from the rest of the superheroes, however. He suffers by being placed next to Superman. He should have his own film one day....it's certainly better than Ant Man.....
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4:37PM on 12/26/2013
It's like back when all their properties were just for sale, and someone could come along and make a movie about "Steel" without any logical context and think that's okay. They don't want to be like that anymore, and thank god. Now if you want to make a movie like Shazam - and hey there's nothing wrong with Peter Segal directing it per se - it has to be within that context. I doubt their screenplay had anything to do with the DC movie universe they were building, so I'm happy to see they're
It's like back when all their properties were just for sale, and someone could come along and make a movie about "Steel" without any logical context and think that's okay. They don't want to be like that anymore, and thank god. Now if you want to make a movie like Shazam - and hey there's nothing wrong with Peter Segal directing it per se - it has to be within that context. I doubt their screenplay had anything to do with the DC movie universe they were building, so I'm happy to see they're putting it aside.
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2:51PM on 12/26/2013
Just let DC properly create a foundation for its core Justice League characters before branching into characters like Shazam, Lobo, etc.

I want to see the new Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, and Green Arrow all done properly and successfully.
Just let DC properly create a foundation for its core Justice League characters before branching into characters like Shazam, Lobo, etc.

I want to see the new Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, and Green Arrow all done properly and successfully.
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